By Quin Roney
On Friday night, the Hawklets face the Rock Bridge Bruins for their first test of the season. Rockhurst looks to get revenge from last year, as they fell in Columbia, 17-14. When asked what this game means for the senior class, senior lineman Jack McInerney said, “It’s a big game for the seniors, but also for the entire team. It is important that we start the season out with a win.”
Last season, Rock Bridge went 9-2 behind first year head coach Van Vanatta, and lost to Blue Springs South in overtime in the playoffs. The Rock Bridge offense is anchored by running back Nate Peat, who is coming off of a 16 touchdown season, just a year ago. Peat, a 3 star senior, holds offers from Missouri, Northwestern, and Purdue.
For Rockhurst, senior quarterback Luke Boehm runs the show behind 3 returning starting lineman, Jaxson Wentworth, Joe Kelly, and Danielson Ike. Rockhurst looks to improve on their last season, which ended in the playoffs as they lost to Park Hill and finished 8-4. The Hawklets are led by head coach Tony Severino, who is entering his 36th year at Rockhurst. Defensively, the Hawklets are led up front by seniors Andrew Stafford, Sawyer Crawford, Jack McLiney, and Junior Tim Glaser with junior linebackers Tommy Eckels and Tucker Atwood right behind them. The secondary features seniors Josh Moore, Carter Elder, Cooper Krezek.
A matchup to watch for is how the Rockhurst defense fares against the strong Bruin running game that beat the Hawklets a year ago. The game is at 7:00 at Vincent P. Dasta stadium.